Launch of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum (WEEF)
7-8 October 2017 Cairo, Egypt
The MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme launched a new regional Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum (WEEF) under the aegis of co-chairs H.E. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Co-operation of Egypt and H.E. Marie-Claire Swärd Capra, Ambassador of Sweden to Algeria.
The Forum opened with the release of the new OECD publication Women’s Economic Empowerment in Selected MENA Countries: The Impact of Legal Frameworks in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. This report examines how current legal provisions in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia are impacting women’s ability to fully participate in economic life, both as employees and entrepreneurs. It is based on a comparative analysis of the various rights set out in constitutions, personal status laws, labour laws, in addition to tax and business laws. The report recognises the considerable progress made with the adoption of constitutional and institutional reforms to strengthen women’s status, and provides key recommendations to further advance gender equality.
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